Student Leadership Programs

Student Leadership Programs serve current students through specialized leadership development programs, campus-wide conferences, and individualized student consultations.   Programs include the following:

  • Student Leadership Conference
  • Knights LEAD (first-year students)
  • Emerging Leaders (sophomores) – launches Fall 2020
  • iLEAD Mentors (juniors and seniors) – launches Fall 2021
  • The President’s Torch Society

“One of the central purposes of student leadership development programs in American universities is to provide a comprehensive offering of activities and services to compliment an academic education. With the growing complexity of society and the need for students to cope with constant change, leadership programs assume great importance.” (Buckner & Williams, 1995, p. 4). The Center for Career and Leadership Development is committed to providing career and leadership development for our diverse student body. Student Leadership Programs align with the goals of the career center and the professional development focus that is continuing to flourish within this department. Our leadership programs support the institution’s strategic plan to expand student engagement and experiential learning and to cultivate engagement with its local communities by including a department within the Center for Career and Leadership Development. MGA’s Student Leadership Programs will be developed and implemented through the guiding principles that:

  • All students have the capacity to demonstrate leadership
  • Leadership is purposeful and collaborative
  • Leadership is service and civic engagement
  • Leadership concepts are explored across all academic disciplines and can be learned through curricular and co-curricular experiences
  • Leadership is a process that leads to social change
  • Effective student leadership programs connect to the mission of the university, have strong leadership/staffing for the program, and is supported across campus through resources and engagement.

We are only working with Freshmen for the Knights LEAD program this year but we will be adding an Emerging Leaders Program for sophomores next academic year and an iLEAD Mentors Program for juniors and seniors the following year. Our goals are to retain, engage, and develop students into great student leaders who are able to obtain valuable professional experiences and are prepared to compete in a global economy and society.

Knights LEAD -First-year students, fall to spring program; 8 sessions covering NACE Career Competencies:  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving;  Oral/Written Communications;  Teamwork/Collaboration;  Digital Technology;  Leadership;  Professionalism/Work Ethic;  Career Management;  Global/Intercultural Fluency. Emerging Leaders -Sophomore program launching Fall 2020; Sample session topics include:  Public speaking;  Time management;  Financial Literacy;  Self-care;  Interpersonal skills;  Networking for Success;  Leading through Service;  Conflict Management;  Leading by Example. iLEAD Mentors  -Junior/Senior Program launching Fall 2021; Mentors to Emerging Leaders participants; Facilitate student leadership trainings and lead group discussions; Take an active role in the annual student leadership conference; -Student Leadership Conference -Annual spring event; Open to all students.

Please click on the Knights LEAD and Documents & Forms tabs on the menu to your right for more information.

Leadership team meetings, training, review of progress